Golf is a sport that lends itself easily to beautiful places. From the craggy historic courses of Europe to dramatic coastal Californian courses and everything in between, the world offers up many stunning golf destinations. Travelling to these places to watch professional golf championships makes for a perfect vacation. We’ve compiled a list of the top events for golf lovers, to inspire them to explore and make their own golf travel bucket list.
US Open in Pittsburgh, PA. June 16 – 20, 2016 The historic Oakmont Country Club has hosted more USGA and PGA championships than any other club in the US, and watching the pros face off there makes this a worthy experience to add to your list. This course, which dates back from 1903, is widely considered to be the most difficult in the US thanks to its deep bunkers and sloping greens. Winning here requires true skill and precision, which is what makes watching the pros here so awesome – you get to see them truly tested.
British Open, Royal Troon, Scotland. July 14 – 17, 2016 What better experience can there be to watch this historic tournament than in the very birthplace of golf itself, Scotland? The golf course at Royal Troon is truly excellent, and so steeped in history (it’s been there since 1878) that even visiting without the world class golfers competing it is a majestic experience. But getting to see them compete there? Amazing.
Masters in Augusta, GA. April 7 – 10, 2016 This epic tournament is only open to the very best golfers, and since 1934 has been held annually at the Augusta National Golf Club, on one of the world’s most famous courses. This challenging course is part of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, which is known for its sometimes outdated long list of rules and regulations for members, so getting to be a part of it for a few days is a unique experience.
PGA Championship in Springfield, NJ. July 30 – August 1, 2016 Here the world’s elite golfers play for the prestige, pride, and generous purse that this tournament provides. Baltusrol Golf Club has two of the finest golf courses you’ll find anywhere, and the lower course, where the PGA Championship is played, is one of Jack Nicklaus’ favorites. Golf has been played on this course since 1895, and this is another beautiful club with a rich history – which of course adds to the experience of being there for this prestigious tournament.
Ryder Cup, Minneapolis, MN. September 29 – August 3rd, 2016 Next year sees the 41st Ryder Cup, a much loved event that will see Team Europe and Team USA duking it out at one of the US’ most exclusive private golf clubs, the Hazeltine National Golf Club. Started in 1927, these teams compete every two years for golf supremacy, and last year saw Team Europe’s third win in a row, so you can guarantee that this year Team USA are coming strong and with every intention of snatching that title back. It is going to be an epic tournament.
Are you ready to start ticking these golf events off of your personal sports travel bucket list? Contact us to find out how we can get you to these events, and build you a customized itinerary that turns the trip into a superb vacation that really shows you the best of the destinations that these events are happening in.